A fairly good overview of the cinema of the bizarre, sleazy, cheesy, and horrific before DVD came into our lives.
Weldon’s tome wasn’t really a book of critical reviews, however, but more of a catalogue of, well, the cover states “Over 3,000 of the wildest movies ever made!!”
An incisive look into how the holiday has transformed us and been transformed in turn, each metamorphosis wrapped neatly around the prevailing tone of each period’s cultural wars.
It turns out (author Jamie) Russell is much like me: deeply in love with a couple handfuls of these films, and more than willing to sternly (though sometimes lovingly) critique those that fall short of his standards.